Reboot to Join SXSW’s First Ever Cities Summit


Reboot has been selected to attend this year’s SXSW conference, leading a panel on the future of open data, From Publishing Data Sets to Solving Problems. The panel will be part of the new Cities Summit track, a convening of civic leaders, creative citizens, and urbanists, brought together to create more equitable, resilient, and livable cities. Zack Brisson will moderate, alongside Adrienne Schmoeker of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Data and Analytics, Mary Tobin of the Brownsville Partnership, and Hadassah Damien of the Participatory Budgeting Project and Femmetech. #SXSW #citiessummit

Bringing a Social Impact Perspective to Marketing and Design


Lauren Gardner joined the digital agency Huge’s Give a Damn series, which spotlights the work of creative entrepreneurs designing actionable solutions for a better world. Lauren presented alongside Robin Newman, Product Design and Leader of Huge Change, and Catherine Addo, Senior Strategist at Purpose. The all-female panel discussed how to meaningfully incorporate social impact in the context of private sector marketing and design.

Reboot’s Open Data Research Featured in StateScoop


StateScoop, a publication covering innovation and technology in state and local government, featured Reboot’s New York City open data research in their recent article Assembling the Open Government Puzzle. The article identifies areas for improvement in transparent government practices, and highlights Reboot’s user personas—illustrated archetypes like the “Community Champion” and the “Influential Interpreter”—as a tool to engage current and potential data users in New York City.

Welcome Rufai!


Ahmed Rufai Isah joins Reboot as an Abuja-based Program Coordinator. He helps the team meet goals, guides and coaches local researchers, and facilitates smooth knowledge transfer for clients and staff members. Rufai brings expertise in digital communications and media from a range of past positions in the private and public sectors.

Increasing the Impact of Open Data through Community Collaboration


Emily Herrick will join the Sunlight Foundation’s Tactical Data Engagement webinar on September 19th at 1pm EDT. The webinar launches the foundation’s guide for facilitating open data, which shows how governments can implement community-driven open data interventions. Emily will share lessons from Reboot’s NYC open data user research as part of the kickoff conversation, alongside April Urban, Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University, and Kara Kratowicz, Data Projects Coordinator at the City of Madison, WI. Listen to a recording of the webinar here.  #TacticalData.

Strengthening Independent Media in Nigeria


In partnership with the MacArthur Foundation’s On Nigeria program, Reboot will host Nigeria’s leading media practitioners and experts in Lagos for a 3-day workshop on August 16th, 17th, and 18th. The bootcamp-style convening, featuring pitch competitions, ecosystem mapping, and master class sessions, seeks to build a practitioner community focused on covering corruption in Nigeria’s power and education sectors through an ecosystems lens. Follow along at #AABootcamp